It seems impossible that 31 years have passed since guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy assembled as Berklee College of Music students and formed the Prog Metal band Majesty. The trio soon dropped out of Berklee to focus on the band and expand both their ranks and musical vision for the aggregation, which, in 1987, had to legally change its name to Dream Theater.
With keyboardist Kevin Moore’s addition and a succession of lead vocalists, the band played in and around New York City for months, eventually signing a contract with MCA Records’ Mechanic imprint. Dream Theater’s debut album, 1989’s When Dream and Day Unite, generated a less-than-enthusiastic response after which the band fired its vocalist and conducted countless auditions in search of a new frontman. The demo from Winter Rose singer James LaBrie provided Dream Theater’s voice for the next quarter century. Read more in this week's Sound Advice.
Dream Theater plays Taft Theatre Wednesday. More info/tickets: tafttheatre.org .